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Abilene to perform at South Connellsville VFC

| Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
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On May 11, the South Connellsville Volunteer Fire Company will present Abilene for the second time this spring.

On Saturday the South Connellsville Volunteer Fire Company will present Abilene for the second time this spring.

“We were happy to play for such a big crowd when we were at the South Connellsville VFC in April and are really looking forward to being back Saturday. There was a good crowd and everyone, including us, was having a good time,” said Tim Burkhart, a member of Abilene.

Abilene is a country rock band with refined harmonies and unique style. The group made its debut in the early 1980s and went on to win “You Can Be a Star” and had several local hits. After years of pursuing individual careers that at times overlapped musically, the band members decided to merge their talents once again as Abilene.

Founder Keith Taylor takes his place behind the keyboards, with Herb Humphreys, originally from Connellsville, on vocals and guitar, Larry Miller on bass and vocals and Burkhart, originally from Connellsville, on drums and vocals.

“I'm happy to be back home, playing with my friends,” said Humphreys.

The kitchen will be open Saturday. The band starts at 9 p.m. and the doors open at 8 p.m. Chef Scott Firestone will be preparing his traditional Saturday special which is fillet mignon with salad and choice of potato.

Station 37 Grille is open to the public seven days a week, said Donnie Ringer, SCVFC president.

The filet mignon is $16.99. Station 37 Grille offers a full menu, from wings to filet mignon and everything in between. Seafood selections include crab cakes, shrimp, salmon, mahi mahi and north pacific cod. There is a wide range of salads, Greek, steak, chicken, cajun chicken, cajun steak, chef's salad and more.

“I make everything in-house. It's all homemade including all of my sauces. The steaks are cut by me from a whole strip loin. I don't buy anything pre-made. Once people come here to eat they always come back, after they eat here once we have a new customer,” said Firestone.

The back dining room is open to the public. There is plenty of free parking at SCVFC and the entrance is in the back. The cover charge for the dance with Abilene is only $3 per person.

The kitchen opens at 5 p.m. and serves until 10 p.m. every night, seven days a week. Monday is Wing Night; Tuesday is Steak Night; Wednesday, Pasta Night; Thursday, Chef's Choice; Friday, Seafood Night and Saturday, Fillet Mignon Night. Take out is available by calling 724-628-2551 and credit cards are accepted.

Station 37 Grille opens two mornings a week and serves a breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.

On Saturday, there will be a big gun bash from noon-4 p.m. and tickets will be available at the door for those who missed out on getting them in advance. There will be plenty to eat and drink and lots of prizes to win, said Ringer.

The volunteer fire company members are getting ready for their annual fundraiser. A letter will be mailed to residents in early July requesting donations and all contributions are greatly appreciated, no matter how small, noted Ringer.

“Next year is the 100th anniversary of our fire company and we are already planning for a big celebration next July for that. We will be hosting the Fayette County Firemen's Association Convention here too. We'll have the competitions like water battles and hose lay. We will be having festivities for a whole week, car shows, bands, fireworks and a lot more,” said Ringer.

For more information on the band visit www.theabileneband.com.

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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